May 31, 2010

Octavia Attends Fleet Week

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The Office of Naval Research has been funding a project at their Research Lab in Washington D.C. Octavia, named after sci-fi author Butler, made an appearance at last week's Fleet Week in New York City. The autonomous bot was designed to work with humans in a computational cognitive way. She has an expressive face, including moving eyes and head, workable hands and fingers, and gets around on wheels. Her sensor and camera system can react to her environment. Octavia is one of 3 MDS robots, the others being Isaac (Asimov) and Lucas (George.)

Via Fox News

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May 25, 2010

Waldo to Seek Oil in Loop Current

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Mote Marine Laboratory will be launching an AUV from a boat 15 miles off Key West today. Waldo can detect oil and chemicals and will seek out residue in the Loop Current. It will then collect the data and send it to researchers via satellite. Pay attention, BP. This is the second bot that Mote has sent out and there are plans for a third to be launched off SW Florida. It's somewhat comforting to see active involvement without the bureaucracy.

Via Naple News

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Autonomous MuCar-3 Treks in Germany

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Last week, the MuCar-3 was presented at the European Land Robot Trial in Germany. One of the first autonomous military vehicles, it can follow a lead car, stop and back up when necessary. The plan is that the bot, which is fitted with camera systems, computers, sensors and scanners, will be able to assist in seeking out explosives so that humans won't have to.

Via Mumbai Mirror

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April 20, 2010

Autonomous Shelly Begins Tests

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Stanford University's Center for Automotive Research (CARS) has been toiling away on its autonomous race car. Shelley is a computerized Audi TTS that uses GPS receivers to sty the course and algorithms to adjust to surrounding terrain. Capable of speed of up to 130 mph, the vehicle will be tested on a dry lake bed in California and up Colorado's Pikes Peak. Stanford is working with Volkswagen and plan to have one ready for consumers by 2028.

Via Motor Authority

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April 5, 2010

UC Berkeley's PR2 Folds Towels

You know those Willow Garage folks make some of the best robots. Under the guidance of Asst. Professor Pieter Abbeel, a team at UC Berkeley used an algorithm and got their open source PR2 to fold towels, pick them up, catch the corners and after finishing, put them on the table. They say they had a 100% success rate when the bot folded 50 at the 2010 ICRA. We can't wait until they teach it about sheets, tablecloths, pillow cases...

(Thanks, Jim)

Via UC Berkeley

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March 25, 2010

PR2 Self-Calibrates

We previously mentioned Willow Garage's PR2, the bot that managed to avoid obstacles, open doors and head back to his home base to recharge. Now he can recalibrate some of his sensors as well. It won't be long before he figures out who can really be in charge.

Via Willow Garage

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March 18, 2010

Kompai Assists the Elderly

Robosoft's Kompai is a service bot that understands instructions and responds to its owner. The robot is intended for the elderly and disabled and can navigate autonomously. He takes notes, keeps a shopping list, plays music, video conferences and is a verbal calendar for his keeper. He made his formal debut at the ILTCI Conference in New Orleans last week.

Via Robosoft

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March 12, 2010

Smile and Say "Robotic Cheese"

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Ohio State University developed an autonomous paparazzi bot that may take your picture if you smile nicely. It stands at about the same height as a human and if your expression pleases him, Ken Rinaldo's creation will stop, aim, snap that camera and upload your image to a social networking site. The bots recently were invited to the 2010 Olympics, where they undoubtedly had to compete with other paparazzi to get close to Shaun White.

Via OSU

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February 11, 2010

Palro Runs on Atom Processor

Palro (pal + robot) is 15" tall, has 20ยบ of freedom, an integrated camera and is Fuji Soft's latest entry into robotics. The autonomous bot can carry on conversations and is expected to hit the streets mid-March. Add to that an Atom processor and software with plenty of options and a hefty price tag of about $3,300.

Via FSI (translated)

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January 29, 2010

Bioloid, the Wall Climber

Marko Wickrath, student at the Technical University in Dortmund, Germany, Robocup soccer referee and RoboGames Competitor designed Bioloid, a robot that can scale a wall. The robot studies it before it begins and sees it as a grid with an x and y axis. Then it autonomously climbs the randomly placed "rocks."

Via Suicide Bots

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